TASIS Dorado Student Council Earns National Recognition
April 17, 2020 — For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, The TASIS School in Dorado student council has been recognized as a 2020 National Council of Excellence by National Student Council (NatStuCo).
"Receiving a National Council of Excellence Award reflects dedication on the part of the school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program," said Nara Lee, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Director of Student Leadership. "NatStuCo applauds the work of the National Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities."
To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, the councils have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community. Councils awarded receiving the award have successfully met all required criteria based on standards established by the National Student Council.
Ms. Sara Hernández, TASIS Dorado Upper School Principal, praised the work of the council: "I am proud that the TASIS Dorado Student Council has been awarded the recognition of the 2020 National Council of Excellence Award. I want to thank Dean Garrison Knapp for all of his hard work, leadership, and commitment to the Student Council. Furthermore, I am incredibly proud of all the students that form part of the Student Council. They are ambassadors of our school, and their leadership and their continued pursuit of building community in the student body are noteworthy."
"It is a true honor for the Student Council and the school to receive this recognition. To me, this is more than just an award. It is a reflection of the Student Council's unity, spirit, voice, chemistry, and love to serve the student body. This wouldn't have been possible without our team, our supportive StuCo members, and our wonderful Papa G. (Garrison Knapp)," said Eva Soler, 2020 TD Student Council President.
Dean of Students and founding TASIS Dorado Student Council adviser Garrison Knapp has led the Council for 14 years. "I am beyond thrilled and excited that our Council has earned this distinction. It says a lot about our Student Council and current Executive Board led by Eva Soler. I also would like to take the time to thank all the past members and presidents, Cecilia Joy '11, Aniceto Solares '11, Riley Steele '12, Isabel Fortuño '13, Julián Fiallo '14, Gonzalo Alcalde '15, Samuel Fortuño '16, Patrick Beliard '17, Ana Fiallo '18, and Jorge Blasini '19, for what they did to help establish the Council. This organization is all about teamwork, collaboration, and supporting one another in order to help serve the school and community," proudly said Dean Garrison Knapp.
The 2019-2020 student council members are president Eva Soler '20, vice-president Valeria Pérez '21, Secretary Pablo Casanova '21, and Liliana Dávila '22, Treasurer. Congratulations to all!
About National Student Council
National Student Council (NatStuCo) provides and promotes professional development and leadership training to student council advisers who, in turn, teach leadership skills to student council members. NatStuCo is dedicated to preparing and empowering student leaders to better serve their schools and communities. For more information, visit www.NatStuCo.org.
For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, Virginia, visit www.nassp.org or call 703-860-0200.